Ford Ranger Raptor Is Looking Mean, Could Finally Come to U.S.

2023 ford ranger raptor spied

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  • We spied the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor testing, and it could be the one to finally be sold in the U.S.
  • It’s likely to be powered by the twin-turbo V-6 found in the 2021 Bronco, and the Raptor will have the black-out “Ford” grille, knobby all-terrain tires, and adaptive performance dampers.
  • We should know more about the Raptor model after the 2022 Ranger debuts by the end of the year or in early 2022.

    Ford never brought the current-gen Ranger Raptor to the U.S., which is unfortunate. Now, however, the Ranger is set to get an appealing redesign that will be complete with a high-flying Raptor variant, which we spied here. The current Ranger just added an off-road-focused Tremor package, but the upcoming generation will need a carnivorous Raptor model to crush the competition from Chevrolet, Jeep, and Toyota.

    2023 ford ranger raptor spied

    KGP Photography Car and Driver

    From a leaked photo and earlier spy shots, we can tell that the new Ranger’s look will be centralized around a squared-off front end and C-shaped headlights much like the ones on the redesigned F-150, and it’ll be a welcome upgrade. The Raptor, however, will have the famous “Ford”-scripted blacked-out grille, skid plates, pronounced fenders, side steps, and Raptor-specific black wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich K02 all-terrain rubber. It will likely have adaptive performance dampers, similar to those fitted on the F-150 Raptor and Bronco Warthog, and a coil-spring rear suspension setup, also found on the Raptor and Bronco.

    Ford’s twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6, found in the 2021 Bronco off-road SUV, will likely power the new Ranger Raptor. In the Bronco, it produces 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The standard truck is expected to keep its turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

    2023 ford ranger raptor spied

    KGP Photography Car and Driver

    We spied the new Ranger Raptor testing alongside the upcoming Bronco Warthog, which will act as the new off-roader’s desert-slinging Raptor counterpart. We expect the updated Ranger to launch by the end of the year or early next, and let’s hope the Raptor will follow shortly after.

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